Before anything, hear me out: I’m no technophile. I don’t spend days munching specs and tinkering the internals of whatever device I’m working on. I’m simply living the typical, modern life — using technology to make my life easier.
For the past few weeks, I’ve been just vibing, realizing how we’ve been reliant on the Internet for our daily lives. Whether it’s for work, hobbies, or just for connecting with people — we all need a stable connection. And that’s the struggle we have. If you’re living in the Philippines, you know how we deal with slow speed, lags, and constant disconnections.
5G is everywhere, telcos are upgrading their systems and connection, so why do we still experience crappy Internet? It must be your router.
Manifesting fast, stable Internet connection
If you believe in the law of attraction or just the power of manifestation, what are the chances of you doing it for your Internet connection? As for me, I did it more than once, and recently the universe answered my call. The Huawei WiFi AX3 arrived in my home, crossing off everything my router wishlist.
And this checklist? It’s pretty much the same reason what every young adult has been wishing to have as routers for their home.
Reason #1: It’s well-designed that it won’t ruin your home’s interior design
There’s something about routers that’s off-putting. Their designs scream “router”, with lights blinking on their hideous structure. They ruin your place with their horrendous forms, so you end up hiding them somewhere you can’t see. Until it stops working and now you have to take them out and end up making a mess. What a nightmare, right?
When the Huawei WiFi AX3 arrived, I was ecstatic. It looks clean, and its white colorway matches any kind of interior. That’s the thing with white — it’s simple and classic that it can blend with anything, unlike some stuff that comes in black and sparkling RGB lighting.
Reason #2: It’s not intimidating to use
Routers, for the not-so-tech-savvy, can be quite intimidating. On top of our responsibilities, we’re supposed to tinker with modems, routers, and configure them using our laptops/PCs? That’s not for me — and for people who are busy with life’s demands.
But the Huawei WiFi AX3 made it easier, at least for someone like me who doesn’t have the time to spare to configure my connections. Setting it up doesn’t take an hour, thanks to Huawei’s smart home app called AI Life. With this app, you can manage and monitor your router, network, and security of your WiFi connection, all on your smartphone. This is in line with Huawei’s 1+8+N strategy, using smartphones as the central unit to keeping you and your smart devices — laptops, wearables, and appliances — connected.
More importantly, you can tap NFC-enabled phones to connect to the Wi-Fi, which makes it simpler for friends and guests coming over. No need to hand out your complicated password, therefore, keeping it safe and secure.
Reason #3: It’s powerful and reliable
Above all, a router must be powerful and reliable. Gone are the days where we have to smash our routers out of frustration when we get disconnected or experience lags and slow connection speed. The Huawei WiFi AX3 capitalizes on the newest Wi-Fi technology — the Wi-Fi 6.
Most devices released from 2020 started using WiFi 6, but only a few routers can utilize the technology. And most of them come with an expensive price tag. This router is incredibly cheap yet maintains (if not strengthens) your Internet connection. You can connect multiple devices simultaneously without feeling like your Internet’s slowing down.
Furthermore, the Huawei WiFi AX3 is so versatile, it can act as your mother router when you’re using a mesh network at home, or even as an extender or repeaters. It’s truly a nice addition to your budding smart home.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
There are probably more compelling reasons to factor in whether the Huawei WiFi AX3 is your GadgetMatch or not. But for the price it commands, it’s certainly an essential addition to your smart home since it capitalizes on the latest WiFi technology while allowing you to connect all your devices seamlessly.
It’s available for pre-order for only PhP 3,999 with a free Huawei Band 4 worth PhP 1,890, exclusively on the Huawei Store. It comes with a one-year warranty coverage with a 7-day replacement time on defects caused by unintended physical or internal damages following Huawei’s official validation process within the warranty period.
realme launches Watch 2 Pro, TechLife Robot Vacuum
While teasing more devices
This hardly comes as a surprise anymore as every brand is coming out with their slew of smart devices. realme is, likewise, venturing outside the smartphone arena as they launch the realme Watch 2 Pro and realme TechLife Robot Vacuum.
The company is transitioning from their 1+4+N strategy to the 1+5+T strategy. Still tells the normal everyday person nothing at first glance but realme explains it as:
1 — smartphone, as realme’s smartphones are at the center of its AIoT ecosystem
5 — key categories for realme’s AIoT products. These include the True Wireless Stereo (TWS), Wearables, TV, laptops, and tablets.
T — stands for TechLife. This is realme’s open partner platform. It aims to support innovative and dynamic AIoT startups through the sharing of realme’s own sales channels.
TechLife focuses on three product categories: Smart Entertainment (TV boxes, projectors, speakers and game accessories), Smart Care (vacuum robots, air purifiers and body fat scales), Smart Connect (smart sockets, smart light bulbs and cameras)
After announcing the realme GT to take care of “1”, realme is covering “5” with the realme Watch 2 Pro, and the “T” with the Techlife Robot Vacuum.
realme Watch 2 Pro
If you follow tech news a lot, you know how this goes. The realme Watch 2 Pro is supposed to be your partner for an active and healthy lifestyle.
It comes with a variety of monitoring features. These are an accurate GPS system, an Sp02 monitor for blood oxygen tracking, and a heart rate monitor. For an active lifestyle, it comes with 90 sports modes.
It’s also larger than its predecessor. It has a 1.75-inch (4.4cm) display with 600 nits of peak brightness. It’s also again promising up to 14 days of power with its 390mAh battery. You’re also offered over 100 different watch faces so it’ll never feel old.
realme TechLife Robot Vacuum
This device is kicking off realme’s whole TechLife line. It has the LiDAR Smart Mapping and Navigation System, the same state-of-the-art technology used in the navigation systems of modern electric vehicles and aircraft. Sounds overkill for a vacuum but if you want your space spic and span you wanna make sure the vacuum can get to all areas that it should.
The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum has a super-high suction and mopping power of 3000Pa. This means it’s capable of cleaning large amounts of high-density garbage while keeping noise levels as low as 55dB on quiet mode.
It also features a 5200mAh battery, a 600ml dust bin and a 300ml smart electronic water tank, ensuring that users do not have to constantly charge and empty the vacuum during cleaning.
It’s designed to fit into any home with a maximum height of just above 10cm. It has a sleek and classy design with the top cover of the device made from an impact resistant tempered glass.
More TechLife products coming
realme also teased a media-focused realme Pad tablet and their first laptop — the realme Book.
Price and availability
The realme watch 2 Pro will be available starting June 16 for EUR 74.99. The basic realme watch 2 retails for EUR 54.99.
The realme TechLife Robot Vacuum price and availability details to follow.
Nanoleaf launches new Elements Line
A wood look for smart light panels
Nanoleaf announces new Elements Wood Look Hexagons, inspired by nature. The wood-like panels have backlit technology and can add an aesthetic to your room. Coming from a successful line of color-changing smart panels, Nanoleaf combines nature and modern technology.
Each of the panels has a wood grain-like texture and is something worth considering if you’re into these types of modern design. Even when powered off, Elements still stands on its own as a design. The panel is also ultra-slim so it may be a hassle-free experience installing the panels.
The Nanoleaf Elements also have a unique glowing effect as each apex of the panel lights up independently. Nanoleaf said that the panels can imitate embers on a fireplace or a moving cloud. Additionally, the panels also glow from the back adding a double-lit effect.
The Nanoleaf Elements also create more comfort and balance as the panels have a wide range of cool to warm white options. The range is about 1,500-4,000K, also with 11 preset lighting Scenes. The Scenes include “Organic” motion, from a fireplace to waterfalls, you can also create a personalized experience with the provided app. You can also select the 1,000 RGB Scenes in the Discover tab.
The panels also include Rhythm Music Sync, Schedules, Touch capabilities, and Circadian lighting. You can also schedule the time for the panels to turn on or off depending on your liking. Circadian Lighting adjusts the light’s color depending on the temperature throughout the day. You can the Rhythm Music Sync at night or any time of the day, play some relaxing jazz music or a coffeehouse playlist as the lights move with the melodies.
Price and Availability
Nanoleaf Elements come in Smarter Kits (7 light panels) and Expansion Pack add-ons (3 light panels).
The panels are Wifi-controlled with the Nanoleaf App, voice commands, or manually with the physical Controller. They are also compatible with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT integrations.
Nanoleaf Elements will be available on June 3rd at the Nanoleaf Shop. Elements will launch globally in Apple stores online later this year. SmarterKits will retail for US$ 299.99 (Smarter Kit) and US$ 99.99 (Expansion Pack).
Habitat Horticulture Gromeo: Self-watering plant system for busy bees
Turn your smart home into a green and sustainable space
Forget the bland, white walls filled with smart lighting yet no sign of greenery. As our cribs transform into smart homes, the appreciation for a well-lit, open, green, and airy space grows.
However, nurturing greenery can be a difficult task. Though, people still try to foster potted plants, in hopes of making their homes breathable and beautiful.
Fret no more, experts at Habitat Horticulture — an award-winning design firm — designed Gromeo, a copious spot of greenery attached to your walls.
A sustainable living wall system
Gromeo is a ready-to-hang, fully planted palette that has a self-watering living wall system, without the need for plumbing and electricity.
It uses Habitat Horticulture’s signature geotextile called Growtex — using 100 percent recycled water bottles — to combine soil and a hydroponic blended system. This makes plants passively absorb water to maintain their ecosystem.
In short, no drainage is needed, making it the perfect low-maintenance plant to nurture, especially for busy people.
Beneficial in the long run
Living wall systems like Gromeo can help improve a busy bee’s physical and mental well-being. The presence of natural greenery can enhance self-esteem, reduce levels of stress and anxiety, and produce feelings of revitalization.
It increases happiness, productivity, focus, and concentration — prompting a person to work smarter. More importantly, it cleans the air and removes volatile organic compounds found indoors, most of which causes headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems.
There’s a Gromeo for every type of space
Admit it: we all check the lighting before taking the perfect selfie. The same should apply to plants if you do consider getting one. Some can handle basking in sunlight, some find it too much.
This is why each Gromeo is designed depending on the levels of light available. A High Light Gromeo is recommended for walls that get full, direct sunlight. Or at least very bright lights.
Meanwhile, walls that get dappled sunlight suits a Medium Light Gromeo. For those who have walls that get no direct light at all, consider getting a Low Light Gromeo.
Price and availability
Gromeo starts at US$ 265. It’s available at shop.habitathorticulture.com. One percent of each Gromeo sale goes to Feeding America. Meanwhile, teachers and healthcare workers can avail a 10 percent discount upon purchase.
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